Compliance Investigations

All reports, related to university business, made to the Integrity & Compliance Office (ICO) are initially researched for veracity by an internal, fact-based, preliminary investigative process. This process may involve other departments at the university. The preliminary process occurs before a commitment to a formal investigation is made.

When appropriate, the investigative process is furthered in order to assess if misconduct exists or policies were violated and what corrective action must be taken. At the conclusion of every investigation, a final determination is reached and conveyed to appropriate senior leadership. Every effort is made to protect reporter’s confidentiality when bringing forth a good faith concern.

Our commitment to non-retaliation

By asking a question, raising a concern in good-faith or participating in a workplace investigation, you are following our Code and doing the right thing. Retaliation (or threat of retaliation) is not tolerated.

Retaliation is any action or words taken against an employee who raised a question or concern in good-faith or participated in an investigation that would discourage a reasonable person from speaking up or sharing information about a concern. Examples include questioning employees about their participation in an investigation, changes in work assignments or job responsibilities, unjustified negative evaluations/references, demotion or dismissal, exclusion from key meetings, and increased scrutiny/oversight of work. Managers should be especially mindful of taking actions that may be perceived as retaliation. To learn more, please review the Duty to Report and Protection from Retaliation policy.

Crimes are reported to VCU Police and the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.

Questions about this process may be directed to the University Integrity & Compliance Officer at 828-2336.